We believe deeply in the power of healthy food and the natural world to awaken the spirit, restore well-being, and fully engage children in the act of learning. Our intentionally designed garden programs make learning fun, tactile, and memorable for youth.
Washington Youth Garden nurtures curious minds and healthy bodies by connecting youth to the land, food, and each other
We believe deeply in the power of healthy food and the natural world to awaken the spirit, restore well-being, and fully engage children in the act of learning. Our intentionally designed garden programs make learning fun, tactile, and memorable for youth of all ages.
Unfortunately, access to safe gardens and green spaces is not available to all D.C. youth: neighborhoods in the eastern half of the city experience high levels of poverty, diet-related diseases, and the lowest standardized science test scores in the nation.
Washington Youth Garden seeks to address this disparity through our work in the U.S. National Arboretum and at nearby schools. We envision a city where students actively participate in gardening daily, and teachers see healthy food, sun, dirt, and earthworms as common teaching tools. Mr. Wagner, a visiting teacher, wrote the following about his class's experience:
The children showed an unprecedented level of enthusiasm for the names of plants and the work of harvesting them. It was refreshing to see them so cooperatively engaged. They are a very kinesthetic group, and the chance to feel, taste, and smell real plants was very powerful for them.
Want to see our work in action? Watch this 6 minute video: DonaTE Today
Your end of year support will help us make progress toward our vision. In 2019 we will:
Facilitate field trips in the youth garden, forests, and streams at the U.S. National Arboretum for over 4000 DC youth.
Partner with 5 D.C. schools to support schools gardens and invite 10 more schools to our Summer Institute for Garden Based Teaching.
Expand our Green Ambassador Program to offer year-round internships for high school students.
Consider making a donation of $25, $50 or $100 and allow kids to have revelations like this one:
Is this what bees really look like? They have fur! – 1st grader, Langdon ES
Washington Youth Garden is a program of Friends of the US National Arboretum (FONA). FONA is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization under IRS guidelines. We therefore acknowledge that your donation is fully tax deductible and that no goods or services were rendered in return for your contribution.
The FONA tax I.D. number is # 521257712.
Donations can also be made by check and sent to:
Washington Youth Garden
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002